University of Louisville

Cards rattle Golden Eagles out of tourney

Kyle Kuric scored 20 points, Peyton Siva added 18 and Louisville forced No. 9 Marquette into a season-high 26 turnovers, advancing to the Big East Tournament semifinals with an 84-71 victory Thursday night.

Wearing a new set of bright orange, neon-looking uniforms, the seventh-seeded Cardinals flashed their quick hands all over the court and held Big East Player of the Year Jae Crowder to 10 points in 31 foul-plagued minutes. Russ Smith and Chane Behanan each scored 12 points for Louisville (24-9), which plays No. 23 Notre Dame or South Florida on Friday night.

Darius Johnson-Odom had 23 points to pace No. 2 seed Marquette (25-7), blown out by Louisville in the quarterfinals last year as well. The Golden Eagles have never made it past the tournament semifinals since joining the Big East for the 2005-06 season.

Siva had another outstanding all-around game at point guard, piling up eight rebounds, six assists and four steals. He had 14 points and six steals in a 61-55 victory over Seton Hall on Wednesday night.

Smith also was a pest in this one, snatching five of Louisville's 14 steals.

The 26 turnovers by Marquette, which averaged only 12.8 all season, were one shy of the Big East Tournament record. The Golden Eagles' previous high this season was 17.

Marquette overcame an 18-2 deficit at home to beat Louisville in their only other meeting this season, and the Golden Eagles fell behind early again. This time, Louisville's swarming defense was too much to overcome.

The Cardinals, who lost to Connecticut in last year's title game, scored 50 points in the first half — their biggest outburst in a half this season. They finished with 23 points off turnovers.

Jared Swopshire had eight points and 12 rebounds off the bench for Louisville, which held Marquette to 2-for-13 shooting from three-point range in a game that had a much faster pace than most in this week's tournament at Madison Square Garden.

Cincinnati 72, No. 13 Georgetown 70 (2OT): Cashmere Wright banked in a runner with 7.6 seconds left, and Cincinnati beat Georgetown in double overtime in another multiple-OT classic at the Big East Tournament.

The Bearcats trailed by 11 points midway through the second half but rallied behind Yancy Gates, who scored 23 points in his back-and-forth big man duel with Henry Sims.

Gates scored twice in the last 2 minutes of regulation to give the Bearcats their first lead since midway through the first half. The Hoyas' Otto Porter sent the game to overtime when his jumper bounced in with 3.6 seconds remaining.

Sims, who had 22 points and 15 rebounds, hit a layup at the buzzer to send the game to the second OT for the Hoyas (23-8).

The Bearcats (23-9), seeded fourth, face second-ranked Syracuse in Friday's semifinals.

No. 2 Syracuse 58, Connecticut 55: Dion Waiters had 18 points and James Southerland scored all 10 of his points in the final 8 minutes to lead Syracuse over Connecticut, snapping the Huskies' 13-game postseason winning streak.

The top-seeded Orange (31-1) won their 11th straight game overall and advanced to face fourth-seeded Cincinnati.

  Comments